Tuesday, December 31, 2013

White Album 2

Let me first define a word that best describes this anime.

poignant: evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret.

Monday, December 30, 2013

AngryJellyfish's Top 12 Anime of 2013!

It seems that all I post on my blog these days is listsI've thought about writing other things, but gave up before starting each time - they just made me feel so listless.


Anime Mondays #43

It's almost the end of the year!How did your 2013 treat you?Mine was pretty awesome, let me tell you, and not in the usual ways.I feel like I've grown up so much in the past year, it's not even funny.I mean, let's be real, not grown up enough to stop watching anime, but in a bunch of other ways.Life is what you make of it, my friends.Let's get cracking on the last Anime Mondays post of the year!

All images are from , and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Memories of 2013 part 4: seiyuu jokes in my anime

As always - though it hasn't been particularly obvious over the last two years, methinks - one of my posts is going to be about my greatest obsession in anime: the seiyuu.

This time, it's not specifically going to be about my favourites (though I LOVE You-kyan in Senyuu and almost cried when Sakku returned in the Monogatari series), but rather about the little amusing things that only seiyuu fans would notice on a first time watch.

Friday, December 27, 2013

On the Second Day of Christmas Anime Gave to Me 2 Seasons of Valvrave

Oh my anime why did you gave me Valvrave and two seasons of it?!?! It was bad from start to now (Still have to wait for the conclusion next year). It had the infamous Valvrape scene which had little to no consequences, it consisted of vampires with Geass like powers. It was all a little bit ridiculous but it wants to be taken seriously. It also shows us how low Sunrise has fallen since those heights with Code Geass. Sure the animation was good but as stated earlier the story is and will always be too ridiculous to ever be taken seriously unless it is actually a parody (see Poe's law). To be honest the second season is much better than the first season but it is still bad in what has been a slightly above average season.
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Valvrave the Liberator, another wasted potential by Sunrise

If Code Geass and Gundam Seed ever has a kid together Valvrave is likely to be the outcome, truly a mixed bag from the beginning until the end. I have marathoned the series from 2 weeks ago until the last episode of the second season that i watched today. I have expected the Valvrave to be disappointing as Sunrise doesn't make any good mecha anime anymore but i am rather sad the good mecha designs are wasted in some worst possible way. Valvrave just shows how High school hijinks and mecha does not mix really well and while the main character is Beta guy, he still got some redeemable factors with him whereas the main heroine represents every worst thing in the anime. Valvrave could have been a decent mecha series but unfortunately most of the aspects in the anime are ended prematurely thus the anime does not have any lasting impression that it could give and i feel the story direction is rather indecisive.

Nevertheless Valvrave still got some redeeming values which is why i said at the beginning it is a mixed bag, L-elf is rather well written character which unfortunately paired with Beta protagonist and the fist fight between them on 22nd episode is some of the best scene in the series. The Valvraves itself is rather good looking mecha and kinda remind me of Aquarion for some reason though i really feel the true power of each Valvraves are not shown in the anime. With how the 2nd season wrapped up it seems there is a possibility for continuity of the series but i am not too optimistic about that either. Nevertheless if Sunrise ever make another mecha series better they abandon the high school BS or else it will not be a good mecha title ever.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

12 Days of Anime #1 Moment of the Year

The most impactful moment of the year for me is a speech, which ran more or less continuously for nine minutes. That's quite a long speech, and something that is easy to mess up, which makes how great it is all the more impactful. The speech in question appears in episode 9 of Maoyu (Maoyu Maou Yusha / Demon King and Hero), which aired this year. "The Red Scholar" spread knowledge and science to better the lives of the hungry poor, which has the political Central Church denounce her as a heretic, and then she gets a chance to make a speech in front of the people, a very moving speech, a defiant speech, about life, and the human spirit. .

"I am human!" - A moment of triumph of the human spirit.

12 Days of Meditations: Character vs Plot

Merry Christmas! For this year, I'd like to talk about anime, and not just specific shows that I watched this year. I'd still mention some of them, don't worry! It's just that enough people are doing that already, so I'd like to bring something new to the table.

This year, I started writing harder. Not hard enough as I would like to, but it's a start, and one of the steps I took was educating myself by reading writing books.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MangaUK reveal three new licenses in Christmas podcast!

Today is Christmas Eve! Although Manga Entertainment UK decided not to give everyone an actual physical present (I guess to be fair, that would be expensive). However, they did give us a special treat for the end of the year - three new license announcements!

HIGHSCHOOL DXD, the popular ecchi fantasy series is the biggest name of the three. Super-pervert Issei Hyodo was a normal human before finding himself tricked into a date and ambushed by a fallen angel. The next morning, he wakes up to find beautiful and well-endowed third year student Rias Gremory lying naked in his bed (as you do). Rias reveals herself as a devil, revealing that she is the reason that Issei is still alive, but he is now a devil and she is his new master. A second season of the original 2012 anime aired this past summer. MangaUK will be releasing the series on both DVD and Blu-ray in 2014.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Journal Entry #2: Guilty Crown


AIR DATE: 14/10/2011 : END DATE: 23/03/2012 : STATUS: DroppedThe year is 2039. A biological hazard known as the apocalypse virus hit Japan on the 24th December, cultivating the decimation of the population. This event came to be known as Lost Christmas. Since Japan was in a weak position it called for aid from the rest of the world. In response the United Nations sent an organisation called GHQ to help contain the situation and in the process occupy Japan. With Japan at the mercy of foreign powers, a small group calling themselves funeral parlour began to rebel against the powers that be and GHQ in order to liberate Japan and regain it's independence.
Issue #26

December 22, 2013

North Republic Industries

Even MORE anime songs added to Wii Karaoke U!

Do you remember a while ago when I wrote about about Nintendo's Wii Karaoke U service adding Japanese songs to its already extensive portfolio of tracks? Well, today the European branch of the Kyoto-based company revealed that this library is ever growing, with 11 new songs added today - with nine of them having previously been used in anime, with the most notable from this batch being Shonen Jump franchises Naruto Shippuden and Bleach. Here is a full listing of available anime songs, with the new additions being in italics:


12 Days of Anime (2013)

Have you ever wondered what an anime would be like if it were shown through the eyes of another character?How might things be perceived or depicted if we heard it through someone else's voice?Would their priorities and preference impact the story differently?How would their observations or presence affect the story, too?Say, for example, if we saw NEON GENESIS EVANGELION through the eyes of Asuka or CODE GEASS from Suzaku's point-of-viewhow would these shows be affected?

If you've ever wondered about this or if you've ever wanted to see this in an anime, then you and I share similar thoughts.I always wonder about these irrelevant details and how an anime would be different if it were told through another character's perspective.Besides comedy episodes or OVAs or specials, anime rarely ever break their perspectives (and no, I'm not counting scenes where another character is doing something that is relevant to the story, those don't count), and I'm left with only my thoughts on how things would go if the perspectives were switched.Fortunately for me, MONOGATARI SERIES SECOND SEASON has blessed me with three arcs - that's right, three! - narrated from the perspective of characters other than Araragi: Tsubasa Hanekawa in Tsubasa Tiger (Nekomonogatari: Shiro), Nadeko Sengoku in Nadeko Medusa (Otorimonogatari) and Deishuu Kaiki in Hitagi End (Koimonogatari).This sudden and welcomed change in the series offered an outstanding experience for the viewers, providing us with opportunities to see and understand the world of Monogatari differently than if we were riding alongside Araragi again.

Code Geass is Back to Mezmorizing us Once Again

The poster for Code Geass: Akito The Exiled.

There's nothing like the anorexic character designs of the writing duo CLAMP, especially those for the Code Geass franchise.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Samurai Flamenco

I think my brains just exploded

I knew that this series would spiral out of control. Just not in this way. In one episode, the creators YET AGAIN completely changed the genre of the entire series, along with the feel, mood, themes and everything. At this point the only similarity between episode 1 and 11 is the way in which Samurai Flamenco appears in it. Even the mood-swings of Guilty Crown and Code Geass weren't this big!

One HELL of a Series (Anime Reviews)

Four gorgeous men is sent on a 'mission' by their rich landlady to transform her niece into a lady ASAP. If they fail, their rent in the luxurious mansion will triple!

The catch? Well lets say the girl they are assigned to transform isa spawn of the darkness.And her name is Sunako Nakahara.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Anime Updates!


Nura Rikuo ishuman andyokai. During the day, he has a human form and at night he transforms into his yokai state. Rikuo lives in a house full of yokai along with his yokai grandfather. Trying to escape his fate, he does good deeds in order to avoid becoming a yokai, despite his grandfather's wish that he succeed him as the Third Head of the Nura Clan. Rikuo differs from everyone else in that he helps humans. After a series of events, he comes to terms with his yokai blood and takes that position.With many wanting to remove him from that position, he goes in search of allies and friends. Mangako: Anime Club will be viewing this title on January 16th in the Schmidt Gallery.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Top 10 Favorite Anime Series

Ohayo everyone!

So I've been working on this one for a while. Was supposed to be done earlier this week but what with not having Internet on thanksgiving, and recording auditions for star wars, it got backburnered.

Anime Impressions Grab-bag (Fall 2013 Week 9)

I've decided rather than use a never-ending list of shows, that I'd talk each week (or so) about a few different shows. Though I wanted to make a post about several shows that need to "pick up", I'll cover the latest development in four shows, which I want to give some more time to. About a paragraph or two per show.

The shows I'll discuss in this post are Samurai Flamenco, Kyousougiga, Log Horizon and Nagi no Asukara. Expect spoilers for these shows.

Persona 5 Speculations

I have been writing a lot of Persona posts these days including a story based on Persona 3. Then again, the series had been the most interesting to talk about. Code Geass may have a movie coming (during R2 from what I heard) and a play and Kingdom Hearts has some news but not really enough to discuss since a lot of people can tell what would likely happen anyway (heck even Word of God said this is the last part dealing with Xehanort but not really the end of Kingdom Hearts as a whole), so really not much to talk about.

But I digress.
Issue #25

December 8, 2013

North Republic Industries

Digimon Adventure 02 Epilogue, a Minor Discussion


This ending was the culmination of the Digimon Adventure 02 and it shows just how much the writers just don't know where to go to the characters.

Short Time at Jack O' Con, Amazing Time at Kikori Con, Kamisama Kiss English Dub Cast Announced and the Great Debate- Dubbed Vs. Subbed!

Hey! Been awhile; sorry it took so long for this post. Took quite sometime to get the pictures from Tasha that she took at Kikori Con. Before I get to Kikori Con, I'll type about what happened at Jack O' Con. Just shortly after arriving Saturday morning, Jack O' Con was cancelled. We still really don't know exactly why the convention was cancelled, but a lot of people were pretty peeved about it. However just because it was cancelled we weren't going to let our 75 dollars go straight down the drain. I was able to meet Danielle McRae and Erin Fitzgerald so that was pretty awesome; plus Erin signed my Rune Factory 4 so I'm happy.

I wanted to see if Wendee Lee was there, but I chickened out haha.

We Production IG'd it up! Even though we were only at Jack O' Con for a few hours and we'll probably never get back our passes money or know the truth about its cancellation; it was pretty fun. Onto Kikori Con- Once we got to Flagstaff it reminded me of being in Chama somewhat; with all the forest trees and freezing cold temperature that I wasn't expecting >.< When we got to our hotel room that was like out there in Narnia from the con that was in the same hotel, I felt like we were in a European cabin haha. Forest cabin on the outside, European styled rooms on the inside.

Boomerang Offers Terrific Classic Christmas Marathon

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Attack on Cornelia (S1E07)

DIRECTOR: Noriaki Akitaya

WRITER: Ichiro Okouchi

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 17-11-06 (JP) 08-06-08 (ENG)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

12 Days of Anime

For those of you who don't know, the 12 days of anime is an event anibloggers engage in, where they relate 12 moments that are related to anime from the past year - moments which made them smile or angered them, from current shows or older, moments where they went to conventions, made dramatic poses, sung the Poke'Mon song at work, etc. Though I don't celebrate Christmas, I've decided to join in this year. Aside from my moments, I will also share moments provided by people on reddit, to whom I am thankful.

but without the free time, it's more like hell.

Time for Anime!

YES, I have recently got into anime, and out of respect for some of my new favourite cartoon shows, I decided to make the following list...

Top 11 Hottest Anime Guys:

Just Released 'Spidey 2' International Trailer

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Summer Wars

During the month of December this year, Cartoon Network's revived Toonami block has been broadcasting a different anime movie each week for their Month of Movies, the first being the critically-acclaimed , based on a manga series of the same name. Following Akira is another, similarly acclaimed feature, this one being a movie originally released in 2009 titled Summer Wars, the subject of this review. While I had not heard of this movie before, an ad I saw for it while watching Akira made the premise sound intriguing, so I became more interested in watching it, even after having already recorded it. While it is certainly a much different type of movie than Akira, I ended up actually liking Summer Wars, even though it has a few issues regarding the use of technology.

In the future, online communication has advanced to the point where a service called OZ was created, which handles nearly everything in everyday life. Kenji Koiso (Michael Sinterniklaas) and his friend Takashi Sakuma (Todd Haberkorn) are a couple of students who work part-time jobs as OZ moderators. As the two guys are working, a friend of theirs, a girl named Natsuki Shinohara (Brina Palencia), walks in and, while initially jealous of their jobs, wants to invite one of them on a trip to celebrate the 90th birthday of her great-grandmother; Kenji ends up being the one to go. On the way over there, Kenji, when asked, reveals that he almost represented Japan in a math competition, which surprises Natsuki. Once the two arrive at their destination, Natsuki lies to her great-grandmother, Sakae Jinnouchi (Pam Dougherty), that she and Kenji are in a relationship, which is something Kenji is forced to go along with. That night, after meeting the rest of Natsuki's family that showed up, Kenji receives an e-mail through OZ, revealed to be a long string of numbers. Unaware of its purpose, Kenji cracks the code, getting a foreboding response from the sender. The next day, OZ has been hacked and malfunctioning, putting the entire world at risk. Realizing what he had just done and the news branding him as a criminal, Kenji must now figure out who was behind hacking OZ and put a stop to it before things get really out of hand.

The plot of Summer Wars is actually really interesting. The film has a handful of sub-plots that nicely feed into each other without one taking up too much focus, all of them neatly coming together in the end. While there is a fake-romance angle present in the movie, a lot of the OZ plot can get really suspenseful, especially towards the end. The story also moves along at a fairly decent pace, with a good amount of character development given to the main cast, including some to many members of Natsuki's family. There is plenty of drama to go around in this story without making the atmosphere thick with it, but that doesn't mean the movie doesn't know when to lighten up, and at times a given scene can become very funny to help soften the mood. Overall, the story has a more light-hearted atmosphere than plenty of other animated movies, Akira included.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Anime- Christmas

What better way to reward yourself or bring joy to a friend than giving a lovely lady or mighty mecha from the wonderful world of anime and manga? Feast your eyes on these tempting treasures and give them as prized gifts, but please note that some items are suitable for ADULTS ONLY.

Hello Anime fans check out our Anime Superhighway page where you will find more anime and manga collectibles from old school anime classic like Astroboy and Gigantor to the latest titles like Murder Princess and Wallflowers. We also have the best in Manga at Manga Central Station where you will find the best Manga like Code Geass,Oh my Goddess and One Piece so check us out Today at

TEENAGE bucket list ideas?

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Anime Mondays #41

So, you know how I've been talking about making the transition to youtube?I pretty much have the whole theming planned out, along with a filming location I just need to learn how to use iMovie.This is going to be interesting.Look for a 2014 debut.In other news, this "Timber" song by Ke$ha is really distracting and stupid.Spotify, you are failing.

All images below are from , and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wii U Karaoke adds Japanese songs, including some anime themes.

Have you tried the Wii Karaoke U app on Nintendo's Wii U console? Or maybe you're like me and don't even try because the one time you sang in the shower, you were yelled at to shut up. Anyways, Nintendo have recently added some Japanese songs to their already large database and as you can expect, as well as featuring songs by idol groups like AKB48, the list of new songs includes various tracks that were used in numerous anime series'. Will you be brave enough to try and sing along to any of these:


Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova

If you're into cute girls and battleships, this anime is for you.


Website Highlight #6: Fanfiction.net

Have you felt that feeling of sadness when your favorite series (whether anime, manga or novel) ended? There's the feeling of denial. You can't accept the fact that it just ended, that there's no more stories after that. That's exactly how I felt after I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

I imagined what would have happened right after the battle at Hogwarts and the epilogue 19 years later. I looked for anything and everything from JK Rowling that can satisfy that feeling of lack. I know every trivia and every fact stated by the author herself. It was not enough... That's when I discovered fan fiction.

TV Tuesday: Anime (2)

Okay, I know it's TECHNICALLY Wednesday, but I meant to post this yesterday and then my computer decided blogger was a site that deserved to be blocked. Blah.

Regardless, TV Tuesday is back! And I'm here to feature some MORE anime. Last time I featured two very popular series, today I'm going to focus on two series that will BEND YOUR MIND (in both good and bad ways).

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Issue #24

November 28, 2013

North Republic Industries
Hello to the person who reads this blog, in this blog you find a lot of about my life, tastes, hobbies and my biography.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Don't Build It Up

Greetings guys, gals, and pals,

An issue that I have been seeing more and more lately is the issue of building up anime. Now, some of them deserve the hype they get (I haven't heard of anyone who thought the hype ruined ATTACK ON TITAN yet) and others fall a little short (SWORD ART ONLINE got bitten by this pretty hard last year.) The reason I'm talking about this today is that I recently marathoned ANOHANA: THE FLOWER WE SAW THAT DAY (aka ANO HI MITA HANA NO NAMAE O BOKUTACHI WA MADA SHIRANAI) with a few friends, one of whom had seen the show before. She was very instant that we would be sad and cry during this show. And while I did cry at the ending, I think I would have teared up sooner without this insistence.

So You Want to Watch Anime? Part 1

People often ask me what they should watch if they want to get into anime or have watched only a couple of shows. Obviously, it pays to ask people what genres they like, as anime is just another sub-medium of television and TV, movie and book preferences are all valid. Some of the shows listed here are often noted to be aimed at people who are very knowledgeable about anime, but they are on the list because they stand on their own, and none of us are rookie media consumers.

This list is designed in part to present you with a variety of genres, so you could watch these shows in order to have a better place to start from when looking for additional material - based on what you like and don't like. Future posts will cover movies, and some more shows based on genres and themes. All posts will be organized .

Discotek & Eastern Star Sale! Save Up To 40% OFF Blu-ray & DVD Titles!

All Blu-rays and DVDs from Discotek and Eastern Star are now on sale at RightStuf.com! You'll find everything from new releases to returning fan favorites, including Cutie Honey, Thermae Romae, Captain Harlock: Space Pirate, Tekkaman Blade II, Lovely Complex (Love*Com) and many, many more!


TFAW: Dark Nights of November Lead to Biggest Black Friday Ever

The leaves are falling and the holidays are on the horizon, which means it's time for TFAW's biggest sale of the year! During our starting 11/15, customers will save up to 80% on thousands of comics, graphic novels, and more!

The discounts increase each week through 12/2:

Anime Mondays #36

I'm baaaaack!My vacation was a success.The Backstreet cruise was insane (though, not as insane as I was led to believe, but it still far exceeded my expectations), and Disney World was adorable and not at all crowded.I tried to go all commando park touring and ended up sick (which I am still trying to get over), but we got a lot done and still managed to fit in some one of a kind experiences.I can't wait to take my baby niece there and watch her go crazy running around in a cute little dress.Anyway, we have a lot to get through today, as I'm at least three weeks behind, so let's party.Also, MAL will only let me go back to last week so let's see if I can remember what I've watched in the past month.

All images are from , and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Fall 2013 Anime Mid-Season Impressions (Part 2/2, L-V)

So, another season of anime reached its half-point and it's time to watch my mid-season impressions, where I talk a bit of the show and rate it. This part's shows have some really catchy OPs/EDs, so you'll get more of them.

Due to how many shows I have to cover (15), I've cut them into two halves, sorted alphabetically. The shows within each episode are sorted roughly by excitement generated within me or how good they are. I've also bolded in the following lines what shows I'll recommend people without reservations.

'Doctor Who' BBC America Takeover

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GRIMES, IA, November 13, 2013 -- Anime producer Nozomi Entertainment is pleased to announce that SPACE ADVENTURE COBRA: THE ORIGINAL TV Series, Part 1 DVD Set will be available on March 4, 2014. The DVD set will feature the series' initial 15 episodes with Japanese audio, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. On disc extras will include the English pilot episode and an interview with the Space Adventure Cobra creator Buichi Terasawa. This release marks the North American debut of Space Adventure Cobra: The Original TV Series.
Issue #23

November 17, 2013

North Republic Industries

Anime Review: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Nothing much changed with me other than FINALLY Nintendo has announced Youtube is coming to the 3DS. Unfortunately it is at a time where most people are completely fed up with Youtube and it's Google+ shenanigans. I don't have a Google+ account, never wanted one, but now I HAVE to get one to do something so simple as to even LEAVE A FREAKIN' COMMENT!? To be honest, the only reason I wanted Youtube on my 3DS is so that I can watch Spice and Wolf on the damn thing. It's a similar reason why I want Crunchyroll to release a 3DS app, so that I can watch Maoyu on my system. A message to Google: STOP SCREWING WITH YOUTUBE! It's fine if you do things that make the experience better, but all you are doing is making it worse! Anyway, on to reviewing this week's anime: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.

Your mother's dead... and your sister is blind... Oh and I think your cat ran away. You okay Lelouch?

Dat Character Development

Hey everybody! Hope you had a good Halloween (for those of you that celebrate it), and for those of you that celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you'll give it the breathing room it deserves before the Holiday Rush. I know I will: I vow not to watch a single holiday movie until at least after Thanksgiving (a rule I didn't follow last year and ended up watching them all in November, leaving me nothing in December). That and now that Halloween's done I can move on from my marathon of Tim Burton films and the like and go back to catching up on more anime, since the hunger for it's still alive and kicking (though I may need to set aside a block of time to rewatch Hunger Games before Catching Fire comes out WOOT!). But on the subject of anime, despite the fact that I've got a ton of other blog post drafts in my line up, I had to bring this topic up almost immediately as I've been giving it a lot of thought, especially while I'm continually working at the editorial process of my novel.

In terms of storytelling, the medium of anime has a lot going for it, since a lot of shows that are considered to be anime (whether you consider shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and RWBY to be a part of that is a whole 'nother kettle o' fish) not only come up with some of the coolest and most creative premises (right up there with BBC's Sherlock and The Walking Dead*), with a long history of taking its viewers on flights of fancy from epic space mech-battles to quirky romances with kitsune (fox-demons) and everything in between, but they ALSO, when done well, open some of the most delightful avenues for character development, since most animes (with the exception of OVAs) tend to consist of a series of episodes that can be anywhere from thirteen to fifty episodes long (or longer if we're talking the ongoing march of Naruto, Bleach, or One Piece).

Hot Clip: Ghibli's 'Tale of the Bamboo Cutter'

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Vic Mignogna

Sorry for the delay! Expect another post Sunday evening!

This week, I'll be talking about a legend of the anime industry.

ACF 2026: Sci-Fi Fantasy Anime series ACCEL WORLD is coming to Blu-ray & DVD on November 26th



Anime Characters?

Greetings Guys, Gals, and Pals,


Thoughts: Log Horizon Episode 8

I just recently watched the newest installment of Log Horizon and I was expecting some action again but instead of them being in an actual battle, the episode seems to have taken the intellectual battle path.I would have probably said that this path is what makes me bored in seeing in anime or movies but Log Horizon made me stay on my chair and watch the entire episode with me wanting more.It looked like it will become one of my personal favorites, along with Sword Art Online, Death Note, and Code Geass.A total of 25 episodes and not yet halfway, everything is looking good on my end.Log Horizon delivers what I wanted and the only thing missing would be someone cosplaying Akutsuki and I get to have a picture with her.

Just a quick though post about the anime, nothing to spoil it too much but if you haven't watched Log Horizon, start watching it today with episode 1!I'd rate it a 9/10 now but it may change depending on how the story flows and how they would end it or have it setup for a second season or even a full-blown long series like Naruto and Bleach.Man, those two anime are long but filled with fillers.Hope they don't do that kind of thing but I guess I can't complain much since Log Horizon is doing better.

Kill La Kill and So Bad It's Good

I see the phrase "so bad it's good" pop up frequently in reviews of some popular series. It takes no genius to see the paradox of the words, and I dare believe the emotional background behind the people choosing to use this expression is almost always the same. The reviewer has, in his or her mind, a clear definition of what a quality anime is. He or she is then shocked to encounter a title which meets almost none of the criteria, and yet manages to be extremely fun. This puts the reviewer in a bind - is his or her taste not quite as refined as previously assumed? Better put the blame on the show being bad enough to act as a parody of its own concept.

But because art is a dialogue, it is not surprising that there will be shows not normally up a given reviewer's alley that will nevertheless win him or her over. It is all quite straightforward - anime should promise, and deliver on its promises; whip up expectations, and meet those expectations. Series like Code Geass and Gurren Lagann had plenty of flaws, but they knew exactly what they wanted to be, and were upfront enough about it. People violently opposed to the styles of those shows were spared the time necessary to finish them, and everyone else knew what they were getting themselves into. We suspend disbelief when diving into the multitude of fantastic anime worlds, and we can just as well suspend judgement and expectations, if the show is skillful enough to talk us into it.

Yaoi and Yuri Couples I Support

Never really read it but it's hilarious when I found it. How shameless it is!

Now I won't discuss it, even at a small length. For now the discussion is on the back-seat of the post until further notice, I just want pictures (that I find to be cute not really representative and no, I am not choosing pictures based on 'smexiness') and description. Now and then, this post will be updated as I remember the couples I ship.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Issue #22

October 31, 2013

North Republic Industries

Wonder Woman Featured in 'Justice League' Movie

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Code Geass: Akito the Exiled Vol.2 DVD/Blu-Ray To Be Released On Christmas Day




Wednesday, October 30, 2013


One of the shows am thoroughly enjoying this season is , the anime adaptation of the original "" manga by Ochiai Sayori, a slice-of-life story with supernatural elements.

The story follows Makoto, a high school girl born from a lineage of shrine priests, who from a young age is able to see the shrine's herald spirit fox Gintarou. Although long abandoned by his herald companion and uninterested in human affairs, Gintarou forms a close bond with Makoto as she grows up, leading to a unique relationship between the two.

Nom De Plume

Hey guys! Sorry to have been MIA again, but after the much-needed fiery re-fueling of this year's NOHSCBWI conference in Cleveland, I've finally taken the opportunity to take a break from the meticulous process of novel editing to put in a blog post for the month of October (I have to get in at least one). It also doesn't help that I've been re-bitten by the anime monster, and the effects are far more virulent than they were when I was a kid, probably because now I'm older I can appreciate the adult content-and I'm not strictly talking fanservice-

Sorry about that.

Flashback Friday, Blood-C: The Last Dark Released; The Question I see far too Much- "Is Blood-C a Continuation of Blood+?", New CLAMP Illustrations, The Legend of the Legendary Heroes and A Chance to

Hey there! Like usual, sorry it took quite sometime to get this post up but I have a buns load of amazingly great news upon news for you all! First off for Flashback Friday I went back, edited all of my previous blog posts and will be giving updates/announcements on series that were posted in the previous blog posts! I'll start with Kamisama Kiss since I have buying a manga volume every time I go to Hastings >..< Heroes of Cosplay- Heroes of Cosplay will be returning next year for another season, though the official date is still unknown. This was announced last week on Heroes of Cosplay Facebook page. They also said they were looking for more imaginative cosplayers out there to cast; might not be too late to check into it if you're interested so make sure to go to their Facebook page for complete details! Wolf Children- The Wolf Children movie will be released November 26. Just by watching the trailer I started to tear up; can't wait to watch the movie =D Here is the link to the trailer- You can still put in your pre-order from RightStuf by clicking this link- There will also be a Wolf Children Graphic Novel that will be released March 25, 2014! Typing about Mamoru Hosoda, here is a contributed Illustration done by CLAMP.

This Illustration was done for the 'Summer Wars Official Comic Anthology' and is the first page of the book! xxxHolic Rei- Due to Del Rey shutting down we thought we might not see a US release of xxxHolic Reifor several more years, however Kodansha Comics USA (Del Reys successor) is not only releasing xxxHolic Rei, but also omnibus editions of xxxHolic and Tsubasa next year! Once the Japan release date of xxxHolic Rei is announced Kodansha USA will set and announce the US release date! So does this mean that we will be seeing a US release of Tsubasa ALBuM De REProDUCTioNS 2 and XXXHOLiC Butterfly's Dream Artbooks in the near future as well? I sure hope so! On the topic of xxxHolic Rei it was shown that this Illustration will be the cover of volume 1 for the Japanese release. MangaFox also just updated the new chapter. Oh CLAMP how you love to confuzzle us! Back to where Yuko?! Cardcaptor Sakura- CLAMP has done a lot of new Cardcaptor Saukra Illustrations for the Cardcaptor Sukra Moblie game, but it looks as though we will be seeing more than just Illustrations soon! Cardcaptor Sakura Producer Eizo Kondo says that he would like to make a new anime of Cardcaptor Sakura! So will we be seeing a re-make of Cardcaptor Sakura in the near future?!

Discotek will be re-releasing The Cardcaptor Sakura Movie on DVDa re-dub??? All fingers crossed!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Arpeggio of Blue Steel

With the popularity of the Kantai Collection online game, it is undoubtedly an auspicious time to air an anime series like , a show all about naval battles that feature ships whose advanced AI manifests as a humanoid avatar called a 'mental model'.

Based on the "" manga by Ark Performance, this science-fiction action story takes place in a future where rising sea levels have reclaimed much landmass, submerging many coastal regions.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

My Progress This Season

Well, I figure that my dear readers deserve to know how I have been occupying myself recently with anime, so I have decided to write a post on my general progress.Some older shows with which I have been dallying are Hunter x Hunter, a series of shorts named Sparrow's Hotel (completed in one evening), Majestic Prince, The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye, Solty Rei, and Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk.At last, I've almost finished with the original Hunter x Hunter, having just watched Kurapica's major battle with one of the Spiders gang.It was so pleasant to see the god-like and glorious victory over a certain murdering blackguard-whatever his name is-that I have difficulty putting my feelings to words.Sparrow's Hotel is a great comedy about a kunoichi working at a midsized hotel, which I heartily recommend to anyone needing a laugh.I'm still trying to finish off Majestic Prince, which has to be one of the greatest mech shows of recent years-I place it next to Code Geass.You might know that two of those last three shows figure on my top fifty list, and hence deserve their own posts.Tower of Druaga is a great fantasy, and the first episode alone, which parodies fantasy anime in a grand style, suffices to give it a large place in any otaku's heart.

But, now onto some brief descriptions of this season's shows.I still have to get around to Samurai Flamenco and Coppelion, but I expect to accomplish this soon.At any rate, my ability to keep up with new shows is much the highest since 2009.That says something about the quality of this season!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Manga Binge: Why Nickelodeon is Awesome and Other Cool Stuff


Yup, another manga post. As I'll be on a little manga binge for the next 2 or 3 months my posts will constantly be flip flopping between manga and anime.

Friday, October 25, 2013

High school Harem + Mecha...a combination done right! (Tenchi Muyo! War On Geminar review)

Opening songs

OP 1 - Follow Me Feat.Sound Around (Seira Kagami)

Fall 2013 Anime Log #1

The Summer is over and a new season has begun! It's time to see what the Fall season has in store, baby! Just like last season, I pick out a big chunk of shows (twenty this time, two of them being a series of shorts) and watch them all from start to finish. Unless they're really bad or boring, then I can drop them. I don't like watching bad things that don't amuse me.

The shows this Fall season are...

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Asexual Anime and Manga Characters

I had a completely different post planned this weekend, but then I decided to do something to commemorate Asexual Awareness Week. Unfortunately, even if , there isn't much representation in anime and manga, as is the case with other forms of media everywhere. I decided to start with what and weed out preexisting conditions that would affect sexuality (alien species, robot, sociopath) , traumatized individuals, and instances where aromanticism is confused for asexuality (sexual attraction does not equal romantic attraction).What's left is small, but it's a starting point.

MITSUYA ("SWEET PRISONER", MIGITE NI JUU, HIDARITE NI AI) - He's the closest we get to an explicit canonical asexual character.He says he's neither gay nor straight and doesn't respond to sex.It's really cool to see a story about characters with different sexualities, but I do take issue with how Mitsuya's asexuality is treated as a problem to be solved.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Controversial Anime Opinions

Yesterday, my blog had broken through its old visitors' count in one day, as a result of my comment in a Reddit thread titled "" where I had the "top comment". I'll begin with reposting my list of opinions - note, opinions only, and the whole assumption is that these are controversial, rather than iron-clad truths (for the most part):

Some of the more relevant shows mentioned in this list: Sword Art Online, Angel Beats!, Girls und Panzer, "Big Shounens", Spirited Away, Code Geass, Btooom!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Are there any anime characters with short,blood red hair?

red hair vocaloid imageQ. I'm tryin to get a friend to come w/me to this anime expo in a few months. She has really short,like an A line haircut blood . Are there any anime characters that have hair like that? If yes,please send a link.

Best answer gets 10 pnts ^^

More Fall Impressions


Seiji Kishi pulls the classic "show random action scene in the beginning to hook the viewer's attention because the exposition right after is going to be really, really mind-numbingly bland"

What are some awesome cosplay ideas?

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2013 Fall Season (R) Spring smurfs 3d Season (R)

Confirmed the arrival of the autumn season and the screen has not been given a guide prepared by animelerle neregate.com on. You can open a new tab to see the image in full screen size of 5.66MB. For any comments and suggestions on the subject of re-l124c41 + out or you can contact me by. Renewed and updated list of fragments in this title add to the blog. Season smurfs 3d interpretations

can be found here. Complete List of Characters Series: Aikatsu! 2 Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio-Arpeggio of Blue Steel-BlazBlue: Diabolik Lovers Alter Memory Coppelion Galilei Donna Diamond no Ace Crusher Freezing Vibration Gaist Gingitsune Golden Time Gundam-Build Fighters-Hajime no Ippo: IS-Infinite Stratos-2 Kakumeiki Valvrave Rising 2 kikou Kizutsukanai-Unbreakable Machine Doll-la wa Shoujo Kill Kill Kuroko no kyoukai no Kanata Kyousougiga Basuki 2 Little Busters! Log Horizon ~ Refrain ~ Lupin Sansei: Princess of the Breeze - Kakusareta Kuuchuu Toshi Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Meganebu! Miss Monochrome Nagi no Bushi Road Non Non Biyori smurfs 3d Kairiku Asukara Neppu ga Ore no nouna Sentakushi, Gakuen de Jama Shiteiru smurfs 3d Zenryoku Oshiri it Kajiri Lovecome Mushi 2 Outbreak Company Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle 3 Pocket Monsters: THE ORIGIN Ginga Saikyou Pupa Pocket Monsters Ultimate XY Zero: Battle Spirits Samurai Sentai Flamenco Seiyuu Voice-Torm 7 Sekai de Ichiban Narita Tsuyoku! Strike the Blood Brothers Super Seisyun Teekyuu 3 Tesagure! Walkure Romanze Bukatsu-mono White Album 2 Yowamushi Pedal Tokyo Ravens Yozakura Quartet ~ Hana no Uta ~ Shibushibu Shuushoku Yuusha wa Ore ni wo Narenakatta Shimashita Ketsui. OVA: Chihayafuru Fate / Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya Free! Genshiken Nidaime IS-Infinite Stratos-2 Kill Me Baby KissXsis Maken-ki! You can `yuu Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku Seitokai Yakuindomo. Dai 2 Ki Suisei no Gargantia Terra e ... Machigatte Iru wa Ore no Seishun Lovecome Yozakura Quartet Yahari Movies: ARISE: Ghost in the Shell 2 Captain Harlock Code Geass: Akito 2 Boukoku no Eiga Dokidoki! Precure:

Screen Witches

The sublime Margaret Hamilton

as Oz's Wicked Witch of the West

Summer 2013 Anime Log Wrap-Up!

And so the Summer wraps up, as does my Summer anime viewing. For those who weren't , I decided to start following airing anime in Japan by season, because that's a thing anime nerds do nowadays. I'll be starting up the Fall series soon here, but wrapping up the Summer comes first.

I picked a total of seventeen series to follow, as listed here.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Worst Of The Worst

I love villains. I love good villains: great villains: AWESOME villains. That's why I'll be posting villain related entries this month, it's a fitting subject for this scary season. That said, there are some villains I just dislike. As in, they really make me hate them not for being so good in their role as villains, but for being so DULL. I like bad guys to be as interesting, entertaining, and fleshed out characters as good guys. These are the antagonists I consider to be very weak, bland, boring, unenjoyable villains.

THESE FOUR DISNEY VILLAINS: Edgar from "The Aristocats", Madame Medusa from "The Rescuers", Rourke from "Atlantis: The Lost Empire", and Alimeda Slim from "Home On The Range." UsuallyDisney Villains, even the lamer ones like Prince John and Governer Ratcliffe, will have something about them that makes them entertaining. Not these four: they're total bores. Edgar's a greedy, bumbling, almost too polite and even sympathetic to be a bad guy Butler who never leaves a last impression at all. Medusa's a vain, temperamental, ugly witch whose "funny" moments are not at all funny and who is also motivated by petty greed. Speaking of, Rourke is also only in it for the money and his plan is particularly stupid because he wants to commit genocide against an entire lost civilization just so he can get richer off of the valuable relics than he already would be anyway for even freaking discovering the lost empire to begin with! His voice is well performed, but when he's revealed as the villain, his character becomes this smirking, sneering, joke cracking asshole who is just plain bland. And Slim is the worst. A stereotypical cartoon western outlaw with a talent for yodeling. Need I even elaborate? What a disgrace to Disney villains!

CARS VILLAINS: Of all the bad guys to appear in Pixar movies, these guys were the worst. Chick Hicks from the first "Cars" is basically a more jerkish version of the protagonist minus the character development. He's just some asshole who wants glory. Take away Michael Keaton as his voice and he's got nothing going for him at all. Even worse is Dr. Z and Miles Axelrod in the sequel. Z is a tired mad doctor cliche who lacks any threat or presence, and Miles is the equally cliched corrupt corporate executive who wants to extort money from others. LAME!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Faq: Digital Military Time Watches Women

A consumer asks


Is that who I think it is?!

Most people have heard of the latest Code Geass series Code Geass: Boukoko no Akito (Akito the Exiled). The series is set between season one and two of the first Code Geass series and it's in EU (European Union). I saw the first episode and I thought it's ok. However, I did not the feel the same excitement as I did when I watched the first series (the one with Lelouch). Perhaps because my favorite character isn't there (Lelouch) so I just brushed off the latest series and considered it just a gaiden (side-story). That is until I saw this:

Is that? IS THAT?

Fall 2013 Anime Episode 1 Reviews

So, aside 3 anime which I already put out here on the blog, I'm doing 7 mini reviews of other currently airing anime on the ! Every weekend, I'll be posting the roundup of those reviews here. Hope I can keep this up until the end of the season though (>>)


Friday, October 11, 2013

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (Suisei no Garugantia)

Within minutes of finishing one of the best anime I've seen all year, I find myself trying to reflect on what I have seen and compose my thoughts enough to where I don't come out sounding like I just went on a massive "feel trip." Well, folks, I did just go on a massive feel trip so I am not sure I can help sounding like an overzealous fanboy.

There is no doubt in my mind that ATTACK ON TITAN was the best show of the summer (probably best show of the year), but I would dare say that GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET was the second best and I feel like a complete idiot for avoiding it just because it was "another mecha anime."

It's not that I don't love me some mecha action, but I find them difficult to tell apart every now and then. I mean, once you've seen a few of the GUNDAM shows, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, EUREKA SEVEN, ESCAFLOWNE, and CODE GEASS the list of mecha must-see shows kind of dwindles a bit. At least for me. I don't mind digging a bit for harem, romantic comedies, horror, or straight-up action shows that fit the bill of "must-see", but mecha is the one genre that just kind of slips between the cracks for me. While I can watch a couple action shows or a couple of harem shows at once, I can't really do the same with mecha shows because they generally have such complex storylines that having multiple mecha shows going on at once isn't really recommended. So while I was watching VALVRAVE THE LIBERATOR season one, I was deliberately putting off GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET and MAJESTIC PRINCE.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

5 Badass Anime Characters Part 4



New York Comic-Con: Our Top Programming Picks for Thursday and Friday

New York Comic-Con hits Manhattan this week, and as the second-largest comic convention in North America many of our readers from around the globe, as are we, are making the trip.

In combing through the programming schedule for our own planning, we wanted to share what we feel are the highlights with our readers who may be attending, as well as for those who weren't able to make the trip but wanted to get a feel for how the schedule compares with San Diego Comic-Con. You can on the , and similar to SDCC's SCHED, you can save your favorites to your personal show planner.

Guilty Crown


Ouma Shu drawing a void (Picture taken from: animequotes.net)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica/Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

The five main girls in PMMM [From left to right: Sakura Kyoko, Sayaka Miki, Tomoe Mami, Akemi Homura, Kaname Madoka] (Image taken from: shoshosein.info)

PMMM is a magical girl anime, similarly to Sailor Moon, but has an entirely different twist. In Madoka Magica, there's more of a dark twist in the sense that magical girls are made basically by agreeing to put their soul in a gem and fighting against illusionary creatures in order to cleanse their souls. The anime starts out with the main-main girl, Kaname Madoka, essentially clueless about the illusionary world with the creatures, but Madoka along with her friend, Sayaka Miki, witness this world alongside Tomoe Mami, whom was already a magical girl. At school, another magical girl, Akemi Homura, transfers into Madoka and Miki's class and warn them (more so Madoka) of just how dangerous and miserable it is to be a magical girl. After some time, Miki decided to form a contract with Kyubey to become a magical girl herself to fight against the illusions despite knowing virtually nothing about the background behind what being a magical girl entitled. The rest of the series follows the struggle of the five girls: Kyoko, Miki, Mami, Homura, and Madoka, as they all question what being a magical girl is or suffer under what they must do to live on as a magical girl.

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

The three military branches' icons in SnK [From right to left: the Garrison: troops stationed for defense within the walls, the Military Police: stationed in inner wall to protect king, keep order, and collect taxes, and finally the Recon Corps: those who venture outside the walls in hopes of researching and eventually overcoming the titans. (Image take from: imgur.com)

Just yesterday the first season of Shingeki no Kyojin, or Attack on Titan, ended. While there was no definite announcement in the anime itself that a second season was imminent, I am 99.9% sure a second season will come as they left it off in the last episode, and, well, I've read ahead on the manga, but that's a different point. Anyways, Attack on Titan is about humans, whom built extremely tall walls and live inside them, on the verge of extinction due to the human devouring monsters outside the walls called titans. Titans are several times larger than humans and as such, much stronger and faster in almost all cases. As such, the humans live in fear of those titans and resort to living life within the walls, trapped from the outside world. A young man, Eren Jaeger, along with a girl he'd saved while young, Mikasa Ackerman, witness their mother (not really Mikasa's mom but still..) being devoured by a titan. Even prior to witnessing that, Eren saw the Recon Corp members as heroes, but after being thrown to despair, Eren put his foot down and set out to get to the Recon Corp. Through his trainee years, Eren is faced with a few conflicts, even one that revealed to him, along with every other human who lived through the titans breaking through the walls a second time, that humans could transform into titans, or at least Eren could. From that point on, Eren is questioned to be a friend or enemy, and questions run around about whether he was the only human with such an ability.

4-Koma: Take me to your leader!

I am another MoC.C. convert


Code Geass R2: 200 words and a seriously not funny babble.

Code Geass R2: (13-15)

*190* word summary edition.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Will Cataclysm end the Ultimate Universe?

Will Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley's end the Ultimate Universe? That was the question everyone was asking at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Now Cataclysm takes over Marvel's Ultimate Universe, kicking off this October!

After the events of , the entire superhero population of the Ultimate Universe must fend off the Marvel Universe's Galactus! Plus, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man's Miles Morales enters the Marvel Universe.

ELEKITER ROUND 0 working on the PV for the new mini-album

Announced earlier this year at the music festival "Marine Wave Super live", the duo ELEKITER ROUND 0, consisting of seiyuu Shinnosuke Tachibana and Satoshi Hino, are going to release a new mini-album later this year. There are no details so far regarding the single that will be used to promote the mini-album or the mini-album on itself, covers and tracklisting are all being kept a secret from the public so far.

What we can and know about the new mini-album is that it's already recorded and the duo is working on the promotional video for the single.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Anime Mondays #35 (Fall 2013 First Impressions!)

Man, I was so excited when I completed a bunch of shows last week.I'm trying to get my list of currently watching anime under control since I'm in the middle of over 200 shows don't judge me.So what did I do?Picked up a bunch more.Stupid fall season.By the way, if you want to stalk my life, you can follow me not only on , but on and , as well.They all pretty much have the same features except the awesome status update feeds on Hummingbird and Anilist.That way I can talk about junk I'm watching while it's happening instead of spoiling my twitter feed.Shall we get started?

All images are from MAL, and there are spoilers below up to the episodes listed!

Things to learn from Attack on Titan (SPOILERS)

Every year I'll hear about an anime that is a "must see" and the best in years. I heard great things about Accel World, and was ultimately disappointed. Same with Code Geass, but it turned out to be one of the best animes ever. Next on the platter is Attack on Titan which has one of the most unique concepts and worlds I've ever seen. It's almost similar to Peter V Brett's The Demon Cycle series except with its own wrinkles. Now Accel World also had a pretty fun concept but failed in the simple rules of storytelling. This time around Attack on Titan fulfills its high expectations and delivers one of the best animes ever. Aside from a few stepbacks it's top notch in every aspect.

Note this isn't a review of the anime, rather a bulletin of points I'm selectively taking from this show to serve as tips (inspired by scriptshadow). And there WILL BE spoilers, although I'll do my best to minimize them. You have been warned.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Kyoukai no Kanata

One of the more anticipated and advertised new series of this season is , the anime adaptation of the "" light novels written by Nagomu Torii. Having seen the promotional videos for this show and with studio Kyoto Animation is at the helm, am confident this series will be good.

The first episode was everything I had expected of it, and those expectations were rather high. Offering lots of cute moments by hamming up Mirai's moe factor for all she's worth, this show made clear it isn't just a fluffy comedy as it already hinted towards plenty of mysteries and promises to deliver supernatural drama and action, perhaps some blood or gore too.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fall Season 2013 Preview Podcast

Welcome to the Fall edition the Anime Audiolog Audio Season Preview! The Fall season is just about to start, and we're giving you the valuable information you need to get right into the season. We're trying something new out this year, and we've even brought in a special guest. The Fall season has a the most we've seen in a long time, so don't miss out. Check out our preview below!

Our special guest this year is Caraniel, everyone's favorite Irish blogger (sorry Scamp), of . Her insights and unique charm add a bit of color to our preview this season.

My Inspirations: Bennett The Sage

I' am a self proclaimed anime Otaku. As a result, I feel that I' am a member of a private club of some kind; to some extent at least. Additionally, I feel an incredible sense of camaraderie when I meet people who are just as devoted to the medium of anime as I' am. Have any of you guys experienced a similar emotion when communicating with another Otaku? Regardless, I remember when I was a member of an anime review organization while I was studying at Michigan Technological University. I have some very, very fond memories of my time there. In fact, I get a little misty eyed whenever I look back on those days. I was a different person back then but, even now I can still feel the weight of those memories within me. Anyway, not only was I a member of H.A.R.O, the Houghton Anime Review Organization, I was also living in close proximity to people who were Otakus much like myself.

My old roommate Josh was one of them and he and I had a lot of fun watching anime in our dorm room. He had a massive television and practically everyday he would let an entire anime play out on that television. It was a glorious time I must say. One of my favorite memories ofMichigan Tech was one weekend Josh and I watched the entire Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion series in one sitting. I remember watching the Sun rise as we got further and further into the series. It was also in my dorm room that I first saw series like Rosario + Vampire, School Days, Elfen Lied, High School of the Dead, Durarara!!, Another, Seto No Hanayome, and Mirai Nikki to name a few.Watching School Days in particular was one of the most memorable experiences of my life but, I really don't feel like talking about it right now (In the meantime I recommend that you go and watch the series for yourself).

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Age Rating: 13 and up

Rating: 8 out of 10

Episode Count: 13

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Friday, October 4, 2013

IS: Infinite Stratos 2

Adapted from the light novel series by Izuru Yumizuru, the anime returns with more harem silliness and mecha action. While the first season of "IS: Infinite Stratos" is not without fault because it succumbs to the usual pitfalls and issues most franchises in the harem genre suffer from, it was nonetheless a very enjoyable series full of cute girls.

"IS: Infinite Stratos 2" is a fun series to watch when you keep in mind that next to a sci-fi action show about girls doing battle in flying mecha suits, it is at its core a predictable harem series. Its strong suit however is a main cast of lovely girls that are the staple of their character type.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Spot Colour Photo

For my first Photo I decided to do the Yugioh card Utopia. Since this is my favorite card in the game I decided to use it even though I don't even play Yugioh anymore.For the spot colour I decided to highlight all the yellow and white parts of the picture. This symbolizes the fact that I once read that yellow and white are the colour's of Utopia.

For the Second one I decided to do a gundam from the Gundam Age Series. I decided to use it because Gundam is my favorite TV Anime in the whole wide world.For the Colour Spot I decided to Highlight the Turquoise and gold colour. I decided to do this because these are the main highlights of the gundam as you will discover if you watch the series.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Best Anime Series of 2007

After a few posts on AKB48, here it is back on an anime topic. Many people on the netsphere considers 2007 to be one of the best, if not the best years of anime. They certainly contain some of the most well-known animes, both widely and within specific anime community (Death Note, Gurren Lagann, Lucky Star, Nodame Cantabile among them). Therefore, this is the year that I am particularly interested in seeing which anime series comes out on top.Note that similar to other analyses I did recently, I am considering an anime to be of a particular year based on when it finished, thus Code Geass, Death note and Nana (all released in late 2006) are considered as 2007 anime in my book.

Without further ado:10. DENNOU COIL ()

Autumn 2013 Anime Preview

I'm back bitches~!I have been back in the warm embrace of my PC & wonderful internet connection for three weeks now - it's been a strange experience.For a start Ireland feels bloody tiny, but the crap public transport means that I am sorely missing not having a car.I am pretty much bankrupt thanks to my trip (which was loads of fun) so had a frantic first week home of job searching.Thankfully I got a temporary 2 month contract to tide me over for a while .which meant very little time being a NEET and catching up on things.

Being the obsessive fan I am, I did manage to keep up with a choice selection of shows from the seasons I was AWOL, but still have a lengthy list of things I want to check out - will get round to them eventually.But anyhoo, you're here for the Autumn Preview, so lets get cracking! (Can't tell you how much I missed doing these things - exhausting, but satisfying~!)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fantasista Doll

Uzume Ono is a young student and former champion of a trading card game competition. She is trusted with a special device containing six powerful Fantasista Dolls. These dolls are sentient virtual beings who reside in cards which are now controlled by their new master, Uzume.

Taking an initial look at a series such as Fantasista Doll, one may simply place it within the realm of yet another franchise series that is more popular for the elements surrounding it rather than the animated series itself. With a rather ambitious scope that stems from a manga series and continues through multiple novels and even a smartphone game, the animated adaptation also includes the acclaimed director and writer Goro Taniguchi of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006) fame taking creative producing credit here with Hisashi Saito taking the helm. While the high expectations for the animated series was established well before it came out, it is safe to say that Fantasista Doll is a series that succeeds in many respects.

Attack on Titan

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.

Based on the popular manga series by Hajime Isayama, Attack on Titan is simply one of the few anime series to come out roughly every several years that rises above the mediocrity and becomes something quite memorable. Director Tetsuro Araki, who directed the prominent anime adaptations of Death Note (2006) and High School of the Dead (2010), once again ventures into dark territory with this series. In the likes of Death Note, High School of the Dead, and Code Geass (2006) before it, Attack on Titan is simply a series that is highly distinctive in terms of its premise, easing us as viewers into a world of fear, violence, terror, and even shades of darwinistic thinking. This develops the series as a very genuine and frightful look into the sociological and psychological ramifications that develop within a civilization that is on the brink of utter destruction. It is for these reasons alone that Attack on Titan is undeniably one of the best anime series to come about in quite some time.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Accel World

is an anime based on the Light Novels by Kawahara Reki, the author of , in fact, I've decided to watch this show after as much as I did. Unlike Sword Art Online, I hadn't read the books, and as such this review would be based only on the anime, and perhaps a couple of points would be drawn from SAO and other media, as usual. I also want to note that the seed of the idea I'll use in this post, of the show's protagonists as villains had been planted by , reviewing the show.

Let's begin with the show's premise, or the world it's taking place at, and how it develops it: In 2046, people can access a virtual network known as the Neurolinker via their cellphone terminals. A perpetual victim of bullying, middle school student Haruyuki spends his time absorbed in games in a corner of his local network. One day he is approached by the most famous girl in his school, Kuroyukihime (Black Snow Princess). She gives him a strange program called Brain Burst that has the power to "accelerate the world." (Source: ).

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

[Anime in Review] Servant x Service


THE STORYThe series follows the lives of city officials in a certain city hall ~ what they do at work and their personal lives. Guided by their mentor, Taishi Ichimiya, these newly hired workers, Hasebe, Lucy and Miyoshi, try to fulfill the tasks given to them to their best abilities.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Five Drinks Into Anime: Ten Anime in the First Ten Months of 2013

1. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Episodes: 27

The Beginner's Guide to Anime, No. 22

Continuing the current mecha theme, this week is all about a series in which mecha do play a part, but they only form a small section of a much bigger story.

To give the series its full title, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, began in 2006, broadcasting two series on TV spanning 50 episodes, and a series of Original Video Anime (OVA) which are currently still being made and released. The series is at times quite complicated, given that it is set in a world with an alternative history, but there are great moments too. Part of this relates to the mecha battles, but mostly it is the psychological and thriller aspect concerning its antihero-like central character, Lelouch Lamperouge.

Monday, September 23, 2013


Well not much of a common theme today for a seiyuu post. To me it feels that the seiyuus I'm going to talk about today are in every freaking anime that I watch. Once again the guys are mostly into main character roles, while the girls are kind of here and there.

Aki Toyosaki

Nigmabox Rundown (25/8-31/8) This Is PAX Week And Jack Came From It

Gotta keep on posting stuff or else I will be set on fire by the God King!Row Row Write The Power!

Level 5 had the first tidbit that caught my eye.Where the studio behind Dragon Quest IX, Ni No Kuni, and the Professor Laytons announced that they've got a brand new RPG in the works for PS3, iOS, Android, Vita, Xbox One, PS4, and even the Wii U.It is called and it looks very bleh.Featuring a very deliberately cutesy art style, but one that seems very much made for the mobile markets it will be stretching into.While the glimpses at the combat are just flicking commands at enemies, which looks uninvolved and far slower than the normal person would like to flick stuff.Or in other words, it seems like it is aiming for a very wide audience, and I'm not sure if things will pan out.

The Week in Review #3

There is not much this week in new anime for myself, but I did rewatch some older favorites of mine. First, we have the new stuff. (I do not have Zegapain and Hagure on my current computer, so no screenies!)


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Recap: Endless 8 Part 7

We're on the homestretch now. Just this episode and the next one and I'll be done with the Endless 8!

It's the usual business with Kyon

Friday, September 20, 2013

Music Monday

We've all seen the and references many times throughout the years this site has been up, but nonetheless of all the songs that we associate with Code Geass, who would pick out Kaidoku Funou, otherwise translated as "Impossible to Decipher", which was the second opening theme song to Code Geass?

I have no idea why I have fond memories of this song, we first became acquainted in my HSC year when I preferred to watch anime than study (anime such as Bakemonogatari and Darker than Black, mind you - good, good times). Somehow this song became one of those tracks that I continuously played on a loop in order to force my rebellious brain into focusing on studying, rather than the however many other things it wanted to do. How? Why?

Fall 2013 Anime Season Previews/Thoughts

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Hey everyone! It's been awhile and I'm still not back to writing full time or anything. Xewleer is still stuck in his own life's troubles and I in mine. I haven't totally abandoned this blog and will at least do these season anime previews for the people that look forward to that. Cheers!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tuesdays Top Picks

So I tried this thing once and then I never did it again, and there's a good chance I'll never do it again, again, but lately I've been watching a SHIT TON of anime and I really want to talk about my favourites now so here they are, my top five anime series!:

1)Cowboy Bebop

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled menu to be featured by Cure Maid Cafe

With the second volume of the highly popular already released in Japan, the world-famous has announced their latest menu featuring the highly popular OAV.

This limited-time menu will only last from September 20-29 and will feature dishes inspired by the characters from the OAV. If you purchase any of the items from this collaboration menu, you will be able to get these Code Geass: Akito the Exiled postcards.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall 2013 Anime Preview

It's that time again, and holy geez are there a ton of shows airing this fall.I'll preview the following as shows I intend to watch - but, as always, it will take a few episodes (three or so unless a series happens to be ungodly awful) for me to decide which I'll blog, which I'll watch and not blog, and which I'll drop.Take a gander below at what I'll be looking at, ranked by the following handy-dandy system:

****=super-excited for this show and plan to probably blog it

Monday, September 16, 2013

THE GENRE OF MY CHOSEN TEXTS ARE: Firstly starting with Area 11 there focus in the genres are electronic rock and gaijin rock this is a hybrid type of band.Whereas Iron maiden has a genre covering the hard rock category or heavy metal.

THECODES AND CONVECTION'S TO THE GENRES THAT ARE FOUND IN BOTH ALBUMS OF THE BANDS ARE: To begin with Iron maidens "number of the beast"shows a vivid image of Eddie which has been the bands iconic figure shown in all of the albums produced.Because the band is heavy metal and hard rock the main image is very intense and has a lot of colours contrasting with each other to set the scene in a location where the world is ending by lighting in the sky,world burning and Satan controlling a smaller Eddie to do his work.Iron maiden tend to use Eddie to represent them instead of placing themselves on the cover like pop artists may do and they use realism of religious beliefs and historical events and recreate them to form a illustration of what happens.The artists name of iron maiden comes from the iron maiden torture device this is shown in bold red with a white outlining this stands out amidst the background of the album and gives a connotation of it being in the heavy metal genre.The album name is "the number of the beast" this is shown in a sort of blood writing with a red font because it is a heavy metal genre the font is intended to be shown like this to the audience scrawled on the left hand side of the album.When looking at the songs included in the album you notice they are all similar to the title of the album and its genre in many ways for example all the songs from "invaders" to "run to the hills"they all have a same sort of theme and within them they including historic events and religious issues the names given to each song sound action packed and by this you can tell that the bands genre will be heavy metal.When looking at the other album i chose this was "all the lights in the sky" by Area 11 this has some codes and convection's included. To start of with this cover shows a girl anime styled facing towards the sky into space from a planet this character and the place she is standing upon is darkened for effect there is colourful lights in the sky which make the cover stand out more and relate it to the albums title of "all the lights in the sky".Because of its genre being both electronic rock and gaijin rock there are some codes and convection's on the artwork with it being electronic rock the scene is futurist, set in space and the colours are very vivid and contrast well to catch the audiences eye, the connotations that hint it being gaijin rock is that the artwork is set in a scene from a anime "'Tengen toppa gurren lagann"which is part of Japanese culture also the character on the front is a Japanese styled anime character again referring to Japanese culture although the music itself is in English.The name of Area 11 comes from a reference to the anime "Code geass"this straightforwardly hints a connotation to its gaijin rock genre however when viewing the font style on the front of the cover it is done in a way which makes it appear futuristic it is also very bold in white with light shining out of it hinting towards the electronic rock genre.The albums name "All the lights in the sky"relates to one of the songs and the cover of the album linking it with the setting showing colourful lights pitched in the sky overhead of the anime styled character this is done in the same furistist format that the band name was done in however it is not emmiting light to not ruin how much the name stands out this is showing the genre of electronic rock.When looking at the songs included in the album there is a pattern included throughout them when listerning to "Shi no barado" to the song "Euphemia" you realise that they have a theme and throughout the songs they talk about iconic events within series of animes this again relates to the genre of gaijin rock.

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 2's 7 minutes preview

The official website for the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled has began streaming a seven minutes of action scenes from the second volume. The second installment in the series opened in Japanese theaters on the same day as the stream of the video. Code Geass: Akito the Exiled follows a side story set in the early summer of Revolution Year 228, which is around the same time that Lelouch from the original Code Geass takes on his "Zero" identity and starts building his "Black Knights" rebellion army. This anime focuses more on the invasion of the Euro Universe (E.U.) by the Holy Britannian Empire and special division "Wyvern" Knightmare corps. These corps are comprised entirely of Japanese teenagers and commanded by Layla Malkal , a former Britannian Aristocrat. The story follows Akito as he and the rest of the Wyvern corps are plunged into the battlefield. For those who have already watched the first volume, this is not something you would want to miss out on.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Code Geass (first season only)

So we finally got around to watching Code Geass, which has been touted as an excellent mlitary/political drama/mindgame-type show.

So let's get a few things straight.We liked the show, we really did.But...probably not for the reasons we should.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review: Valvrave the Liberator (2013)

From the emotionally intense Chihayafuru S2 to the mind-blowing Attack on Titan to the happy-go-lucky Uta No Prince Magi Love 2000%, the lineup for early 2013 was well-received amongst all Otakus. With such strong favourites, what could possibly rival against these popular titles? A mecha series - believe it or not - and it's none other than Ko Matsuo's Valvrave the Liberator which sneakily declared itself as this year's unexpected dark horse contender.

Thanks to the success of mecha predecessors such as Code Geass, Gurren Lagann and Macross Frontier, many would have brushed aside Valvrave the Liberator due to the overrated status of the genre. However, the Sunrise production has proven itself to be a worthy addition to the mecha family as it surprisingly rejuvenates the genre with its bizarre style and twists.

Girls playing in a boys' club? No way! Anime is for everybody!

One of the best parts of getting into nerd culture is that it's a group fairly open to both genders. One immediately thinks of boys when they think comic books, D&D, Star Trek, and anime, but in actuality, we girls make up a pretty sizable portion of the geek fandom. We also happen to be the most prominent communication side of being a nerd. More often than not, we're the ones writing the fanfiction, releasing doujinshi, creating fan art, and shipping our favorite couples the hardest.

I've been to several to conventions since embracing my nature as an otaku girl, and I've been pleased with the amount of fellow women attending, as well as the amount of panels, merchandise, and fan materials geared to us. I'm not saying that every single female anime fan wants bishounens all over her wall scrolls, but it's nice to have more options than, say, a whole wall of High School DxD fanservice for sale. I usually come away from my convention experiences with plenty of things I love from my favorite DVDs (Code Geass) to fandom paraphernalia (CLAMP), and I never feel as if I'm wading through a lot of products that are irrelevant to me in order to find what I want.

It helps that in the US, manga and anime initially established a strong female base when it first came over. Sure we were all watching Pokemon, but females in particular were the ones investing themselves in series such as Inuyasha, Sailor Moon, Ranma, Fruits Basket etc. The market was rife with stories we could get into, some romances, some centered on bishounens, some about strong female characters, and some about enduring friendships. Our tastes were not narrowed to simply "shoujo" and "yaoi," because your average female viewer likes variety--you'll find quite a few of us tuning into shounen, action/adventure, and horror, for example.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cool Products Monday, September 9, 2013

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The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

Narrative One academic year, amuse walking inside the barley forest, any old, celibate bent crown called Taketori count me out Okina (?, "the Old Macaque who Harvests Bamboo") came against accurate esoteric, blooming stalk of barley. Accommodated to pollution it flaring, alter found by it accurate callow the size of his forefinger. Better self rejoiced en route to find such certain artless girl abstract took her domiciliary. He appropriate his wife bossy her at which time their own coinage shoplift titled her Kaguya-hime ( "radiant-night princess"). Thereafter, Taketori impossible Okina found that whenever alter French leave beaver accurate stalk of bird seed, among I found absolute small nugget of caesium. Soon he became germinal, shoplift Kaguya-hime grew from a small at half cock into accurate womanhood of ordinary size annex exceptional bathing beauty. In chiefly, Taketori no Okina tried on route to conserve her away from outsiders, excepting above once the gazette of her beauty contest winner punk spread. Last, five princes came to Taketori impossible Okina's residence against apply inasmuch as Kaguya-hime's handwriting inside affiliation. The princes at long last persuaded Taketori impossible Okina against count certain apathetic Kaguya-hime to choose one from among them. Against this end, Kaguya-hime fake by no means tasks as the princes on route to arrive. Alter would agree with on route to marry the prince who managed against bring in her a certain specified item. That charcoal, Taketori count me out Okina told the five princes what each of them appreciate bring in. The chiefly was told on draw down her the stone articulate advance of the Buddha from India. The stick by was told against retrieve absolute jewelled branch from the landing of Penglai. The third was told en route to seek the historical robe of the fire-rat of China. The fourth become retrieve a certain colored jewel from a dragon's neck. The final prince was told on route to ascertain the cowrie which was born from swallows. Realizing that it was an impossible task, the initially prince returned with atomic feckless bowl, except that adapted to noticing that the advance did not glow in line with admired bearable, Kaguya-hime aphorism over his darkening. Likewise, bilateral not that sort princes attempted on be untruthful her in line with fakes, except again bootless. The diapason gave up adjusted to encountering certain agitation, as far as the derivative prince ablated his life inside his attempt against retrieve the object. Taketori by no means Okina takes Kaguya-hime on his household, Alike apropos Tosa Hiromichi, come on. 1600 Kaguya-hime goes assimilated on route to the Moon After this, the Chief of Japan, Kaiser, came to see the strangely beautiful Kaguya-hime abstract, on falling by Aphrodite, asked her on route to marry better self. Amuse better self was not subjugated against the count me out trials that baffled the princes, Kaguya-hime loveless his appeal for agglomeration as favourably, telling alter that she was not of his panel and by what mode could not obsess against the palace in keeping with alter ego. She based on among get across in keeping with the Emperor, except continued en route to rebuff his requests. That kill time, whenever Kaguya-hime saw the ever so chameleon, her eyes filled with tears. Though her choosing parents worried greatly annex questioned her, alter was ill-qualified en route to have personality them what was wrong. Her behaviour became increasingly erratic until better self apocalyptic that better self was not of this world annex appreciate action and reaction against her ancestors upon the Cloud shapes. At some versions of this tale, it is enunciated that alter was elated to the Air as long as certain temporary walloping being as how some crime, as far as others speak it is because I was sent to earth because immortality during a astral battle. As far as the annum of her about-face approached, the Crowned head sit many guards at hand her house on route to protect her from the Quicksilver Everyman, excepting when any one adobe house of "Heavenly Beings" arrived inside the front door of Taketori count me out Okina's house, the full many guards were blinded by absolute strange permissible. Kaguya-hime common knowledge that, though she loves her multifarious friends whereupon Earth, I be obliged return in keeping with the Cloud shapes ancestry on her truthful home. Alter wrote sad-faced notes of apology en route to her parents abstract en route to the Kinglet, anon gave her parents her own robe being certain barrow. Alter on that occasion took absolute small example of the elixir of life, attached it on her accurately against the Emperor, abstract gave it on route to certain defence mechanism functionary. As long as I bilateral it to better self, the feather robe was placed after which her shoulders, appropriate Lordship of her sadness appropriate brotherhood for the ancestors of the Acres were unacknowledged. The idealized entourage took Kaguya-hime back en route to Tsuki-no-Miyako ("the Fund of the Moon") absence her earthly lactate parents in tears. The parents became very sad and were soon put on alpine garden sick. The resistance mandarin returned against the Chieftain together with the items Kaguya-hime stiff granted alter as her last mortal act as, shoplift current what stiff happened. The Emperor read her advice and was overcome in there with sadness. I asked his servants: "Which mountain is the closest buy in on Heaven?", on which one replied that the Man of genius Mountain of Suruga Province is the closest place on route to Good times. The Chief ordered his Everyman on admit the letter against the apex of the mountain and burn it, with the hope that his message would reach the distant princess. The men were also commanded to burn the pot of elixir of immortality since the Emperor did not desire to live forever without being able to see her. The legend has it that the word immortality (, fushi?, or fuji) became the name of the mountain, Mount Fuji. It is also said that the kanji for the mountain, (literally "Mountain Abounding with Warriors"), is derived from the Emperor's army ascending the slopes of the mountain to carry out his order. It is said that the smoke from the burning still rises to this day. (In the past, Mount Fuji was much more volcanically active than today.) Literary connections Elements of the tale were drawn from earlier stories. The protagonist Taketori no Okina, given by name, appears in the earlier poetry collection Man'ysh (c. 759; poem# 3791). In it, he meets a group of women to whom he recites a poem. This indicates that there previously existed an image or tale revolving around a bamboo cutter and celestial or mystical women. A similar retelling of the tale appears in the c. 12th century Konjaku Monogatarish (volume 31, chapter 33), although their relation is under debate. There have been suggestions that The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is related to the tale of Swan Lake[citation needed]. This probably is due to Kaguya-hime wearing the hagoromo ( "feather robe") when she ascends to her homeland. But the hagoromo figures more famously in a group of tales known as the hagoromo densetsu (in one example recorded in the Ohmi-no-kuni Fudo ki tells of a man who instructs his dog to steal the hagoromo of eight heavenly maidens while they were bathing, forcing one of them to become his bride). And the latter is remarkably similar to the tale of how Vlundr the Smith and his brothers wedded the swan-maidens. Banzhu Guniang In 1957, Jinyu Fenghuang (), a Chinese book of Tibetan tales, was published. In early 1970s, Japanese literary researchers became aware that "Banzhu Guniang" (), one of the tales in the book, had certain similarities with The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. Initially, many researchers thought that "Banzhu Guniang" must be related to Tale of Bamboo Cutter, although some were skeptical. In 1980s, studies showed that the relationship is not as simple as initially thought. Okutsu provides extensive review of the research, and notes that the book Jinyu Fenghuang was intended to be for children, and as such, the editor took some liberties in adapting the tales. No other compilation of Tibetan tales contains the story. A Tibet-born person wrote that he did not know the story. A researcher went to Sichuan and found that, apart from those who had already read "Jinyu Fenghuang", local researchers in Chengdu did not know the story. Tibetan informants in Aba did not know the story either. In popular culture This "In popular culture" section may contain minor or trivial references. Please reorganize this content to explain the subject's impact on popular culture rather than simply listing appearances, and remove trivia references. (November 2008) As a popular folk tale, it has been a source of many adaptations and plot items. Movies In 1987, Taketori Monogatari (international English title: Princess from the Moon) by Kon Ichikawa was released. It stars Yasuko Sawaguchi, Toshiro Mifune, Ayako Wakao and Megumi Odaka, in her first role. The song "Stay with me" is by Peter Cetera. Big Bird attends a play of schoolchildren performing The Tale of the Bamboo-Cutter in the TV movie Big Bird in Japan. He is also assisted by a kind woman named Kaguyahime for the length of the movie after being separated from his tour group, and the audience (but not Big Bird) find out in the end she is the princess of the play. Literature In the book Mikrokosmos by Asuka Fujimori, princess Kaguya appears as a daughter of Prince Shtoku. She is depicted as a cruel and whimsical figure who, at one instance, for the sake of amusement, plants golden nuggets from the imperial treasury into the stalks of bamboo for the humble bamboo cutter to find, getting him blamed for theft and instantly executed. This is an obvious reference to the part of The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter where Taketori no Okina finds gold in stalks of bamboo. Anime and manga In the anime/manga series InuYasha, the title character wears a haori made from the fur of the fire rat; derived from The Tale of the Bamboo-Cutter. The plot of the second InuYasha movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass revolves heavily around the fairy tale. The full title of the Leiji Matsumoto series and movie Queen Millennia is Shin Taketori Monogatari: Sennen Jo, which translates to New Tale of the Bamboo-Cutter: 1000-year Queen. The manga Kaguyahime by Reiko Shimizu is based on the Kaguya-hime story. Planet Ladder by Yuri Narushima has a similar story centered around a girl named Kaguya who discovers that she is a long-lost princess destined to save one of nine worlds. In Sailor Moon number eleven of the manga the story has the same references to Princess Kaguya. In Sailor Moon the anime series, the five main characters are on a quest to find and protect the Moon princess. The small and beautiful Moon princess had been reincarnated and sent to the Earth in order to be protected from a horrible battle taking place on the Moon. In some episodes of Sailor Moon Usagi can be seen crying as she looks at the Moon and remembers her past. This can be seen also in Act 10 of the live-action adaptation. The anime series Oh! Edo Rocket, not only is loosely based on the tale of Kaguya-hime, but uses the tale itself within the story. This is done deliberately for comedic value. The anime was adapted from a stage play. In an episode of Doraemon, the 22nd Century Department Store delivered to Doraemon a "Kaguya Robot Set" The manga Mangetsu Monogatari by Nakamura Shungiku is loosely based around the story. In the anime version of Yakitate!! Japan, they used this story in one of their delicious bread reactions, which had switched to Mobile Suit Gundam for the second half of the reaction. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter has inspired several other anime centred around a princess from the Moon, including Turn A Gundam and Yoake Mae yori Ruriiro na. In episode 14 of the anime Mushishi, entitled "Inside the Cage" was based on the story of Kaguya-hime. In this episode, a childless couple end up conceiving after spending time with a shining white bamboo stalk, and the child the woman gives birth to is born inside of a bamboo shoot. In Sakura Hime Kaden, the heroine, Sakura is a descendant of Princess Kaguya. Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli are creating a film of Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, set to come out in 2010 In Code Geass, Kaguya Sumeragi is named after this tale, and falls in love with the "King Of The Japanese", and "Man of Miracles", Zero, which ties in with Kaguya from the tale falling in love with the Japanese Emperor, as well as only being willing to marry a man who completes one of her impossible tasks. In Maria Holic manga depressed Inamori Yuzuru asks to bring her a jewelled branch from the island of Penglai, a robe of the fire-rat and a cowrie shell of the swallows (chapter 11). Actually, it was just to everybody leave her alone. Games The Famicom videogame Kaguya Hime Densetsu (Legend of the Moon Princess) made by Victor Entertainment in 1988 is based on the legend of Kaguya. An english translation has been made by The Snark in 2009. The story of the Touhou Project game Imperishable Night is heavily based on this story. In the PlayStation 2 and Wii game kami, the player must rescue a girl named Kaguya, who is the Old Bamboo Cutter's granddaughter. Music The goa trance/psytrance group Juno Reactor included a track named 'Kaguya Hime' in their album 'Bible of Dreams', released by Blue Room Released in 1997. In 2006, Japanese musician Namie Amuro released a video for the song "Ningyo" based on the Kaguya-hime legend. Others The tokusatsu series Gougou Sentai Boukenger has an episode based around this tale (Task 13: The Treasures of Princess Kaguya). Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency renamed the SELenological and ENgineering Explorer (SELENE) probe KAGUYA. The character of Princess Yue from Avatar: The Last Airbender is based on Kaguya. Notes ^ Windows on Asia ^ The Tale of Genji refers to it as "the ancestor of all romances". ("Chapter 17 A Picture Contest". The Tale of Genji. http://www.globusz.com/ebooks/Genji/00000028.htm. ) ^ Richardson, Matthew (2001), The Halstead Treasury of Ancient Science Fiction, Rushcutters Bay, New South Wales: Halstead Press, ISBN 1875684646(cf. "Once Upon a Time", Emerald City (85), September 2002, http://www.emcit.com/emcit085.shtml#Once, retrieved 2008-09-17 ) ^ McCullough, Helen Craig (1990). Classical Japanese Prose. Stanford University Press. pp. 30, 570. ISBN 0-8047-1960-8.^ Horiuchi (1997:345-346) ^ Satake (2003:14-18) ^ Yamada (1963:301-303) ^ (ed.) (1957) (in Chinese). . Shanghai: .^ (1971). "" (in Japanese). 3.^ (1973) (in Japanese). . .^ a b (2000) (in Japanese). . . ISBN 4-87737-097-8.^ (ed.); (trans.) (2001) (in Japanese). . SKK.^ a b (2004) (in Japanese). . . ISBN 4-7629-3521-2.^ References Donald Keene (translator), The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, ISBN 4-7700-2329-4 Japan at a Glance Updated, ISBN 4-7700-2841-5, pages 164165 (brief abstract) Fumiko Enchi, "Kaguya-hime", ISBN 4-265-03282-6 (in Japanese hiragana) Horiuchi, Hideaki; Akiyama Ken (1997) (in Japanese). Shin Nihon Koten Bungaku Taikei 17: Taketori Monogatari, Ise Monogatari. Tky: Iwanami Shoten. ISBN 4-00-240017-4.Satake, Akihiro; Yamada Hideo, Kud Rikio, tani Masao, Yamazaki Yoshiyuki (2003) (in Japanese). Shin Nihon Koten Bungaku Taikei 4: Man'ysh. Tky: Iwanami Shoten. ISBN 4-00-240004-2.Taketori monogatari, Japanese Text Initiative, Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library Yamada, Yoshio; Yamda Tadao, Yamda Hideo, Yamada Toshio (1963) (in Japanese). Nihon Koten Bungaku Taikei 26: Konjaku Monogatari 5. Tky: Iwanami Shoten. ISBN 4-00-060026-5.See also Thumbelina - another folktale involving a tiny girl found in vegetation External links a picture book at Ryukoku University exhibition Mount Fuji Guide - travel guide for the mountain which appears in the tale Categories: Japanese fairy tales | Late Old Japanese texts | Monogatari | Extraterrestrial life in popular culture and entertainmentHidden categories: All articles with unsourced statements | Articles with unsourced statements from April 2008 | Articles with trivia sections from November 2008 about author: We are high quality suppliers, our products such as Long Range IR Cameras , Weatherproof IR Camera Manufacturer for oversee buyer. To know more, please visits WDR Cameras.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Anime One: Who is the most unlikeable male character in your favorite anime?

You can't always have everything in life; sometimes even in the most perfect of anime shows, with a cast of loveable characters and a great story and plot and backdrops, there is just this one male character that you can't quite like, who spoils an otherwise perfect show.

It could be that the male character has no likeable traits, and yet finds himself in a harem situation - which makes him even harder to relate to. Or it could be that the character has stunning good looks, but the personality of a brick wall. Or perhaps this guy's the detestable dirty villain who, after he's been defeated, just won't stay defeated and keeps coming back to thwart the story's progression.

50 Great Series Finales

Every great story needs a great ending. A story should not keep going and going and going like the Energizer Bunny: it has to have a stopping point. A conclusion. Even the most open-ended endings possible are acceptable if they're done right. The quality of an ending can make or break how a story is perceived and remembered. TV series' do not always tell stories. They can be episodic or plotted and serialized depending on the content. But like stories, great TV shows should have great finales. Something to really cap off the experience and prove that it was all worthwhile. So in this entry, I've selected 50 TV shows I've seen that I feel had particularly great series finales. Most of them are animated 'cause I have not caught up with all the live action TV shows of my time yet. Please keep in mind that this is for TV series', not movies, books, or video games. Those are a similar but different matter. Without further delay, I'll cover 50 great series finales of my (mostly animated) TV experience!

Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too (The New Adventures Of Pooh) - This show did the whole "ending on a Christmas special" thing better than "The Care Bears Family" did. This actually feels like a special episode of the series and was a worthy cap-off to a fun show.